At Women in Manufacturing, we are far too often reading articles about the dismal outlook for women in leadership. Often these articles say that there aren't enough women in power now and there won't be more in the future because the pipeline of women headed to the top isn't flowing well, in fact, it's is barely dripping.
Those articles bum us out!
So we were pleased to see a new article in Forbes this week that says, "women are taking the reins in more and more companies worldwide."
That's more like it!
The piece, written by Ekaterina Walter, points to a 2012 ranking of the 500 largest corporations in the US in which a record 18 firms were lead by women. This number, the article says, is up from 12 companies in 2011.
And it's not just the numbers at the top that show promise. Fortune executive editor Stephanie Mehta explains that she anticipates seeing those top numbers rise because "there's a pipeline of women coming into leadership positions that's very, very deep and very, very wide."
So, so far in this article we've hearing that women are leading the way and more will be stepping up soon.
And then it gets really good -
The article goes on to say that "despite the bleak economic outlook at the moment, women-owned firms have been doing disproportionately well." Read the whole article for specifics, but the short story is that firms with larger percentages of women are showing higher earnings, faster recovery times since the 2008 financial downturn and better preforming IPOs.
Go to the rest of the article for quotes from major power players about the importance of women in the workforce and tips on what you can do to increase the number of women in your business.